A Chrysler mechanic in Pennsylvania is trying to shove a Hellcat engine into a Nissan 350Z.
When the Fairlady Z was first born in Tochigi, Japan, It came with a 3.5-L V6 engine. In its later years, that engine produced 306 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque with a near 50/50 weight distribution--a key feature for the 350Z’s nimble handling.
So what better way to completely annihilate that maneuverability than by welding an enormous engine in place of that little V6?
That’s what one Chrysler mechanic is trying to do in Pennsylvania. He goes by the name 3F1DDYZEEJAY on YouTube, where he previously made videos about restoring old dirt bikes. Now he’s got his sights set on a much larger project, that being finding some magical method of installing a 6.2-L supercharged HEMI V8 on a Japanese car that it was never intended to fit.
If this sounds insane, that’s because it is.
To be fair to 3F1DDYZEEJAY, he knows it’s insane too, but it’s not stopping him from trying. Complicating matters is performing this engine swap alone on his driveway in freezing winter temperatures, but you gotta admire his tenacity.
The very first images you see are of a test-fit, which told 3Fiddy he’d need to cut out part of the 350Z’s firewall to even have a hope of slotting the giant HEMI motor into place. With that done, he still found out that the fit is, shall we say, “tight.”
While the engine seems to fit in the general space where an engine would, there’s barely any space for the transmission to go. On top of that, the oil pan is hitting a frame cross member which means either the cross member will have to go or a custom made oil pan will need to be fabricated.
Even if both those hurdles are overcome, one wonders how a 350Z will handle with so much more weight in the front. To get this thing even remotely drivable will probably require suspension upgrades in the front to handle the additional load at the very least. Bigger brakes might also be a good idea, considering the added power too.
Our Chrysler mechanic seemed pretty disappointed at the end of the video, but we hope he doesn’t give up. People thought it was crazy to fly people to the moon, but look where we are now.